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Windows Home Server category grows with the announcement of the Lenovo IdeaCentre D400

August 22nd, 2009 No comments

As reported by COMPUTERWORLD and other sources (see below) earlier this week, Lenovo will be introducing the IdeaCentre D400 to the US next month.  Previously launched in China, Lenovo’s offering will be a great addition to the category of home servers powered by Windows Home Server software.

Announced in conjunction with upcoming Q Series of compact home entertainment PCs, the IdeaCentre D400 home server has an aesthetic design that would suit the living room as well as the home office.  (See Lenovo’s press release for details.)


Photo: Lenovo IdeaCentre D400 home server

Eugene Saburi, General Manager, Microsoft Solutions Marketing had this to say. "With the IdeaCentre D400 home server coinciding with the availability of Windows 7 on Lenovo laptops and netbooks, consumers will have affordable solution that enables them to unleash the power of their home network.”

With the Acer Aspire easystore and the lineup of HP MediaSmart Servers already on the market, the Lenovo IdeaCentre will provide even more choice for consumers.  We are still waiting on confirmation of where the IdeaCentre D400 home server will be sold.  Let’s hope pre-orders are offered soon!

More articles on the Lenovo announcement:

Lenovo unveils Windows Home Server, tiny home theater PCs
Seattle Times
The company also rolled out several new tiny PCs with home theater capabilities — a sample of its Windows 7 wave lineup, out in time for back-to-school …

Lenovo Q100/Q700 nettops, D400 home server debut
Lenovo this afternoon put an end to speculation and launched its IdeaCentre Q series of mini desktops as well as its first Windows Home Server. ..

Lenovo to Introduce IdeaCentre D400 Windows Home Server
By Xavier | August 17, 2009 Lenovo’s getting ready to announce the IdeaCentre D400 Windows Home Server. The company posted a teaser image in a twitter post …

Lenovo Reveal Their First Home Server – The IdeaCenter D400
By Terry Walsh
Lenovo release a teaser shot of their debut Windows Home Server, but we’ve uncovered a whole host of pics courtesy of the Interwebs. Check ’em out!

– Steven

Windows Home Server – Acer Launches Aspire EasyStore Home Server in US

May 22nd, 2009 No comments

In case folks missed this, but today was an important milestone for the Windows Home Server category, with another major manufacturer – Acer – launching their product, the Acer Aspire EasyStore Home Server H.340 here in the United States.  At $399 for a 2GB RAM with 1 TB HDD included (up to 4 HDDs supported), it’s a great value for all of you looking to add a Home Server to your repertoire. 

Now available for pre-order at


Still not convinced?  Check out the good reviews for the product on CNET, Crunchgear, Gizmodo, and Engadget

Congratulations Acer!  Welcome to the Windows Home Server family!

– MP

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Running the Windows Home Server Console on a MAC

April 30th, 2009 No comments

One of the developers on the Windows Home Server team, Gautam, was goofing around on a Mac during his off hours and put together this awesome set of instructions and screenshots for running the Windows Home Server Console on a Mac. 

This article describes how to configure your Mac to be able to get the Home Server Console on it. You will need to Download and Install Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac.

If you already have it installed, you can skip to Configure it to Connect to your Windows Home Server Console

Download and Install Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac

1. On your Mac, go to the Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac website [].

2. Click on Download Remote Desktop Connection Client 2.


3. On the bottom right side of the page, in the Details section, scroll all the way down.


4. Click on your preferred language to start the download.


5. Once the file downloads, the Remote Desktop Connection Wizard should open up. Step through the wizard.








6. Eject the Remote Desktop Connection by right clicking on the icon on your desktop.


7. Great! Now you are ready to configure the Remote Desktop Connection Client to connect to your Home Server.

Configure the Remote Desktop Connection Client 2 for Mac to connect to the Windows Home Server Console

1. Open Finder. Click Applications in left menu. Click Remote Desktop Connection.


2. Type in the name of your Home Server.


3. In the File menu, click on Save As. Save your file. It’s easiest to save it on the Desktop.



4. Go back to the File menu and click on Edit Connection. Select the file you saved in the last step.


5. In the Login tab type –

a. User name: Administrator

b. Password: Your home server password.

c. Domain: Name of your home server.


6. In the Display tab, change the Colors to Millions.


7. In the Applications tab, make sure Start only the following Windows-based application when you log in to the remote computer is checked and type the following for Application path and file name: C:\Program Files\Windows Home Server\HomeServerConsole.exe /b


8. In the Security tab, select Always connect, even if authentication fails.


9. In the File menu, click on Save.


10. Now, right click on your recently saved file, click Open With, click Other…, scroll down and select TextEdit. Click on Open.




11. Change the number below DesktopHeight to 675 and number below DesktopWidth to 992.



12. Save the file and close it.


13. Now, click on the file you just saved to connect to the home server!

14. If you are unable to connect try connecting using your IP address of the home server.
To find your home server’s IP address, log on to the console from another computer. Go to Settings, Remote Access, Router Details


Open the file like in the above step and change the connection string to the IP address. For most of you it should be something like 192.XXX.X.XXX